Schröder Making Progress With The Hawks?
The Atlanta Hawks’ Summer League action came to a close for another year last night, following a quarterfinal loss to the Houston Rockets. After a slow start to their time in Vegas, the Hawks rallied back from their opening three defeats to make a real impact on the tournament. There was plenty of promise for Hawks fans to take from the past week, but Dennis Schröder, in particular was very impressive.
Last season’s first-round pick for Atlanta didn’t quite have the debut year that either side would have hoped for. Drafted with the intention of being an immediate backup to Jeff Teague and developing from there, Schröder’s sloppy play early in the season saw Shelvin Mack overtake him in the rotation. This left many fans in Atlanta worried that Schröder wasn’t quite the player they had anticpated, but they shouldn’t give up on the young German yet.
Schröder came to the NBA as an incredibly raw prospect, despite having played professionally in Europe. The reality is that the 20-year-old is still raw a year later, but as he showcased in Summer League, he has more than enough talent to succeed. Schröder still has plenty of flaws, and lots of work to do this summer, but if can keep working hard over the next few months, and pre-season, I’d expect him to play more minutes next year.
Let’s take a look at three specific areas where there are signs of improvement from the German.